(1996 Vintage) Deep, garnet hued wine full and rich cedar notes in the nose, leading to harmonious, full-bodied flavors of ripe, dark fruits and spice. Integrated with toasty woodnotes. Elegant.
Andy Frieden, JJ Buckley February 2011 Medium garnet core with a light magenta rim. The nose is redolent of Left Bank Bordeaux, showcasing aromas of loamy clay soil, violet, and baking spice. Notes of currant and cassis dominate the flavors. along with hints of sweet French oak, dried florals and morels, tapering to a persistent finish. For a wine that has been aging for over a decade, the concentration is impressive. Ready to enjoy now, there is no need to decant this wine, but it is definitely one that would positively sing with meals. Neil Mechanic, JJ Buckley October 2010 Medium garnet hue. Complex and exquisite aromas of dried currant with hints of truffle, cigar box, and crème de cassis. The palate is elegant and refined, centered around a core of red fruit, truffle, minerals, and leather. The tannins are smooth as silk. This is elegance and finesse all the way. Now is the absolute perfect time to enjoy this beauty.
Wine SpectatorRating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/90.
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) The same can be said for the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak. That vintage was so good, it is hard to hide all the fruit and character. The wine possesses a dark ruby/purple color, medium body, good elegance and a pleasant personality, but what might have been produced if they took the chains off? These wines should be better than they are. They seem like failsafe sort of efforts, designed for the uncritical shopper, but holding little interest for the serious wine lover. They are well-made and clean, but they are what I call a "single glass" style of wine. While there is nothing wrong with the first glass, there is not enough interest for a second. Actually that is an improvement for Clos du Val where the wines have gone through a sterile period that appears to be coming to an end.
Wine & Spirits(1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine.